St. James Guide to Black Artists Edition 1.

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Published in association with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, St. James Guide to Black Artists features biographical and career information, as well as brief critical essays, on nearly 400 of the most prominent black artists. Approximately 75 percent of the artists profiled were alive at the time of publication. Also included are a small number of important artists from the nineteenth century.

All the entrants in the book are visual artists who work primarily as painters, sculptors and printmakers. But important artists in other media, such as photography, have also been included. Though the great majority of the entrants are from the U.S., about 100 are from Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and elsewhere. Each entry provides:

  • Biographical and career information
  • Selected exhibitions
  • Collections
  • Publications
  • Comments by the artist (when available)
  • A signed, critical essay by an authority in the field

Illustrating the book are 300 photographs of artists and their works. Other value-added features include a selected bibliography on black artists as well as medium, nationality and illustration indexes.

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"An essential acquisition for all art and academic libraries, and highly recommended for general public library collections."
-- Library Journal (09-15-97) (19970915)

"Unique not only in its depth of coverage but its inclusion of a number of artists from Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and other countries that have not had good coverage. Highly recommended for all larger academic and public libraries with specialized collections. And at the same time it should be of value for smaller academic, public, and school libraries that wish to select a good biographical source for black artists."
-- ARBA 1998 (19980901)

"Unique not only in its depth of coverage but its inclusion of a number of artists from Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and other countries that have not had good coverage. Highly recommended for all larger academic and public libraries with specialized collections. And at the same time it should be of value for smaller academic, public, and school libraries that wish to select a good biographical source for black artists."
-- ARBA 1998

(19980901)

"College and university libraries and large public libraries need this survey of black artists."
-- CHOICE (February 1998) (19980201)

One of the "most valuable additions to our branch collections" list. [One of only 25 titles selected by New York Public Library for its annual (1998)]. (19980116)

"Covers all the historically important artists highlighted in these tow books [Lewis' American Art and Artists and Bearden and Henderson's A History of African American Artists], as well as many contemporary black artists these two books do not mention."
-- RBB/Booklist (October 15, 1997) (19971015)

"Ground-breaking. Providing biographical and critical information on underrepresented black artists from around the world. That the St. James Press has produced another authoritative, high-quality guide in the arts is no surprise; what is startling, however, is that even at this late date the book has no real competitor."
-- Rettig on Reference (September 1997) (19970901)

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